Our visit to the dodecanese in May was greeted with a riot of colour - I wondered if it would be as green and as colourful later in the year or indeed at the end of the season. Anyway we were glad to see such a colourful bloom as this.
Seafood taverna in Kos Town
Karnagio Fish Tavern is a large taverna located on Kanari (one of the main roads leading from Kos Town to Lambi).
It is located on a corner and you will recognise it by the painted wooden boat that stands outside the entrance. It is located a 5-10 minute walk from Lambi and a 10 minute walk from Kos Town's harbour.
The setting is very nice with a host of tables outdoors beneath a canopy. On the night that I ate there in May 2006 all the tables had been well set with tablecloths and wine glasses.....but during the course of my meal I was the only diner. It was the first week of the holiday season and most tavernas were very quiet - I expect it gets far busier in the high season.
Also, due to it being so early in the season, not all of the items on the menu were available.
Karnagio is primarily a seafood taverna, but it does also offer a wide selection of other dishes.
Here is a sample of the meals available:
Appetizers: saganaki (fried cheese), Greek salad, stuffed vine leaves, local speciality sausages...
Soups: vegetable, minestrone, shrimps, tomato...
Seafood: cod fish in garlic sauce, grilled shrimps, octopus, stuffed squid, crayfish, mussels....
Greek specialities: moussaka, beef stifado, pork and chicken souvlaki, gyros, lamb....
Other meals: pasta dishes (spaghetti bolognaise, spaghetti carbonara...), various pizzas, beef steaks, pork chops...
Children's menu: hot dogs, burgers, fish fingers and chips...
Desserts: Greek pastries (eg baklava and other honey and nut based pastries), ice cream sundaes, fruit salad, Greek yoghurt and honey....
The service was efficient and friendly......hardly surprising given that I was the only person eating there! However, the waiter did take an age to get my bill after I'd asked for it in the hope of keeping me there and not having a completely empty taverna. I opted for:
Vegetable soup - Cost: 4.50 Euros
I asked for minestrone but that was one of the items not yet available at the time of my visit. The soup was very nice.....a selection of potatoes, onions, carrots, green peppers and various herbs. It was served with 5 slices of toasted crusty bread and garlic butter (included in the 1 Euro cover charge).
Chicken souvlaki - Cost: 7 Euros
One long skewer of tender grilled chicken, peppers and onions. Served with fried potatoes, walnut rice, lettuce and tomato.
Bottle of Coca Cola (330ml) - Cost: 2 Euros
I received a complimentary piece of homemade traditional Greek cake - a pastry which was rich in honey and filled with almonds and raisins.
Nice food and a large selection of meals. Not outstanding, but no complaints with the quality, service or value for money.
Along with the harbour the other dominant feature of the Kos Town waterfront is the castle. This mighty structure stands on a promentory that juts out at the front of the town.
The castle is one of the few historical sites in Kos Town that charges an admission fee, but it is well worth the money (3 Euro). It's one of the nicest castle ruins I've ever visited, being very picturesque inside and giving great views out in almost every direction.
The ampitheatre, or Odeion, is fairly intact although to be frank it looks highly restored. It's used these days for special summer performances, which I guess explains why the seats have been so restored. Still, first class (at the front) look better than second class (at the back) (marble rather than granite?) but I'd still bring a cusion!